Is a raw food diet good for dogs?

Dr Pete Wedderburn / 05 April 2019

A reader is considering feeding their dog a raw food diet. Veterinarian Dr Pete Wedderburn advises.



Question: is a raw food diet good for dogs?

I’ve heard there are lots of benefits to feeding my dog a raw food diet. Would it be a good idea?

Answer

Raw meat and bones diets are popular among people who believe in “pure” and “natural” ways of living, but there is poor evidence for benefits for most pets, and plenty of evidence of real risks.

Specifically, raw meat for pets can carry dangerous bacteria like Salmonella that can affect humans, so it’s very important to take rigorous hygienic measures when handling it. Also, raw diets in the USA have been linked to nutrition-related heart disease in some dogs, and raw diets in the UK have been linked to cats picking up Tuberculosis. It’s safest to speak to your vet before starting to use this type of diet.

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